FOOD BANKS SEEK MONETARY DONATIONS TO KEEP OPERATIONS AFLOAT

Food Bank

west Alabama Food Bank

Many food banks are seeing an uptick in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, donations have also gone down.

Jean Rykaczewski, the director of the West Alabama Food Bank, said almost 80% of inventory used to come from donations, and although they can’t take volunteers during this time, the best thing people can do to help those in need is to help out financially.

“With that, we’re able to buy food,” Rykaczewski said. “It cost me about $30,000 to buy food so we can buy a whole truckload for that versus what someone can buy at a grocery store. And we want to keep the grocery store shelves’ food for those who can go in and select what they want.”

Rykaczewski didn’t specify just how many families that truckload can feed, but she did say they’re able to get 42,000 pounds of food into one truck.

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